Center for Neurocognitive Studies


Emory's CNS

The goal of the CNS is to advance the scientific understanding of how long term disease can lead to problems with cognitive skills (like concentration, memory, and planning) and emotional distress. By understanding how and why these cognitive and emotional symptoms develop and are maintained, we can be better equipped to offer the most effective treatments to help patients live active, independent lives.


In September 2012, the Center for Neurocognitive Studies (CNS) was established as a National Institutes of Nursing Research (NINR) Center of Research Excellence. The focus of the Center is the interdisciplinary study of cognitive and affective symptoms and their interactions in the context of chronic illness and its overarching goal is to promote, sustain, and expand the scientific study of affect and cognition in chronic illness. Since nursing is centrally and vitally involved in the care and management of chronic illnesses, the Center also seeks to provide an evidence base for improved care and management practices.

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The aim of the Center for Neurocognitive Studies is to advance the science of affective and cognitive symptoms in the chronically ill by:

  • Providing infrastructure resources
  • Providing opportunities to generate research ideas
  • Supporting development and conduct of research
  • Supporting development and conduct of research
  • Promoting dissemination of research outcomes

CNS Services


Collaboration with an interdisciplinary team of faculty and staff at Emory University's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing and the Woodruff Health Sciences Center committed to moving your research forward

Priority access to the resources of the administrative and biostatistics cores of the Center

Participation in journal clubs, seminars, conferences, and professional development activities at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing

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Pilot Projects

"Insomnia, Cognition and Affect in Patients with Prehypertension or Hypertension"

 "Feasibility of Exercise and Cognitive Retraining to Improve Cognitive Impairment in Heart Failure"

"Cognitive and Affective Symptoms Associated with Cancer Pain among African Americans"

"Neurocognitive impairment in patients with head and neck cancer receiving IMRT"

Read about our pilot projects